Troy Hourie is a performance designer and new media based installation artist.

He was a NYC based performance designer for almost fifteen years, during which he designed over 300 productions of plays, musicals and operas. He has moved back to Canada and is based in Toronto. He is a dual Canadian/American citizen and works in both countries.

His visual art practice revolves around the themes of wonder, spectatorship, immersion and intermediality.

He is interested in exploring the relationship of an audience to performative work and the creation of visceral experiences through performance-based art and installation work in theatre, architecture and the visual arts.

Troy completed several artist residencies; Two residencies (2014,2016) at ARTErra Residências Rurais Artísticas in Portugal and Arteles Creative Centre in Finland. Installation works include; Apparitions | The Bed, Escape to Beira, Casa da Maravilha, and Apparitions | The Attic. In 2015, he was commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival to produce a media landscape installation called Enchanted Space | The Wisdom Tree. In 2016, Troy was commissioned to create Espreitar Tondela, three public artworks called Tranquilidate, Entre lacos and Perplexidade for ARTErra and the town of Tondela, Portgual.

Awards include: 2015 International Opera Award Nomination, 2013 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, 2007 Henry Hewes Nomination, 2005 Audelco Award and six nominations, 2003 Drama Desk Nomination and a 2005 Ford Foundation Artist Grant. Troy’s performance design work has represented Canada in the Prague Quadrennial 2015 and the United States in the PQ 1997 and 2011.


Master of Arts, Scenography, Royal Central School for Speech and Drama, University of London, 2012.

Master of Fine Arts, Scenic Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1997.

Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, 1991.



Aurora Cultural Centre, Ontario

Final culmination of 5 year long interactive, immersive art installation based on the esoteric themes in Britten's Turn of the Screw.

Oct 6 to Nov 10, 2018 


The Fall of the House of Usher - 

Mannes School of Music, NYC

Engaged as a visual artist to create a projected landscape and installation for Phillip Glass' experimental opera. Direction and digital scenography by Troy Hourie.

Feb 1 to 3, 2018


Static Apnea -  A performative installation

dEEP ANATOMY Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

Engaged as a visual artist to collaborate with Chris McElroen to create an immersive art installation reflecting on sport of free diving.

Nov 25 to Dec 3, 2017


Espreitar Tondela - 

ARTErra, Tondela Portugal

In the fall of 2016, Troy was commissioned by ARTErra and the town of Tondela to create several public inter-arts installations during at 10 week artist residency.

Nov 10 to November 28, 2016

Tranquilidade and Entre lacos are both permanent installations in public green spaces and Perplexidade has been placed in the permanent art collection of the Museu Terra de Besteiros.

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